Second. Friedlander says federal funds are available to help those coming out of foster care

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced Friday that some federal funds are available to help youth and young adults coming out of the state foster care system.

The money comes from the Federal Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act, which provides child welfare agencies with resources to meet the needs of those who transitioned from foster care on or after their 18th birthday or who were adopted at age 16 or older.

Second. Eric Friedlander

Funds can be used for mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, car loans, groceries, and other basic needs.

“There are concerns that current and former foster youth, who have faced disproportionately higher unemployment rates, housing instability and disrupted education throughout the pandemic, may be among the last Kentuckians to fully recover from COVID-19,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander. “We continue to help provide direct assistance to current and former young adoptees to help alleviate some of the worst impacts of the pandemic and help young adoptees get back on their feet.”

The deadline to apply for these special pandemic benefits is September 30.

To help publicize this opportunity, the Cabinet advises that the pandemic relief registration link will continue to be posted on the Ky RISE websitewhich also provides eligibility information, including minimum age limits and program details.

“Too many Kentuckians who have aged out of foster care and are currently in foster care are forced to live on the fringes, and those who are eligible are encouraged to apply for this help,” Friedlander said, adding that the Cash assistance is an advantage. .

The firm partners with community advocates, colleges and universities, foster parents and others and asks them to help spread the word. A radio and social media campaign is planned to help increase visibility.

Independent Living Specialists are ready to help youth in foster care who are transitioning or have recently made the transition to independent living. Find one here.

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